US electronics giant Motorola today announced that its Xoom tablet will be arriving in Australia through Telstra next month.

The Xoom was the first tablet device to feature Google’s new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system and has generally received favourable reviews.

The 10.1-inch tablet features a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 250 processor with 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of RAM. Screen resolution is 1280×800-pixels and it has two cameras – a 2MP (1600×1200-pixel) front-facing sensor and a 5MP (2592×1944) rear-facing option.

Battery life is said to be 10 hours of video playback with recharging taking 3.5 hours. The only unfortunate thing here is that the battery is built-in and can’t be removed. There’s no word on if Telstra/Motorola will be offering a battery replacement service.

The Xoom has enough horsepower to handle 1080p video capture and with its HDMI output, can output 1080p HD video to a big-screen TV.

While there are several versions of the Xoom available, it’s likely Australia will receive the MZ601 or MZ603 to offer support for Telstra’s NextG (3G) network.

At time of writing however, neither Telstra or Motorola could offer an exact price or launch date, only saying that these details would be announced nearer to launch, which is scheduled for some time in May 2011.

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